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Targeting Potential, Raising Aspirations, Achieving Excellence

Traveller Education and Attainment Service

Travellers have historically been excluded from education. Although, now most Traveller children attend schools, Ofsted has noted that they are a group most at risk of underachievement in the education system.
The Traveller Education and Achievement Service (TEAS) aims to promote access, inclusion, achievement, attainment and opportunities for Traveller families living in or visiting Darlington. TEAS is an integral part of the services The Rydal Academy provides on behalf of the Local Authority for the benefit of all Darlington Schools, Colleges and Early Years Providers.

TEAS offers expertise, knowledge and support around work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils (GRT). The team is staffed by a specialist Teacher, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Education Support Worker who have a wide experience of working with GRT communities across Darlington.

The team works in close partnership with schools and families to improve the outcomes of GRT pupils across the town; to help raise their attendance, attainment and aspirations. Education settings, families and other agencies can approach TEAS directly to access the following services:


Contact information

Selina Costello – 07876503679
Heather Metcalf – 07867520432
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